Maximizing Ag Utilization in High-Rate CO2 Electrochemical Reduction with a Coordination Polymer-Mediated Gas Diffusion Electrode

Riming Wang, Henrik Haspel, Alexey Pustovarenko, Alla Dikhtiarenko, Dmitrii Osadchii, Ming Ma, Wilson A. Smith, Freek Kapteijn, Jorge Gascon

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Abstract

We report the preparation and electrocatalytic performance of silver-containing gas diffusion electrodes (GDEs) derived from a silver coordination polymer (Ag-CP). Layer-by-layer growth of the Ag-CP onto porous supports was applied to control Ag loading. Subsequent electro-decomposition of the Ag-CP resulted in highly selective and efficient CO2-to-CO GDEs in aqueous CO2 electroreduction. Afterward, the metal-organic framework (MOF)-mediated approach was transferred to a gas-fed flow electrolyzer for high current density tests. The in situ formed GDE, with a low silver loading of 0.2 mg cm-2, showed a peak performance of jCO ≈ 385 mA cm-2 at around -1.0 V vs RHE and stable operation with high FECO (>96%) at jTotal = 300 mA cm-2 over a 4 h run. These results demonstrate that the MOF-mediated approach offers a facile route for manufacturing uniformly dispersed Ag catalysts for CO2 electrochemical reduction by eliminating ill-defined deposition steps (drop-casting, etc.) while allowing control of the catalyst structure through self-assembly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2024-2031
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume4
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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